Gravenor and Santiago – bio & abstract

BioMaths Colloquium Series – 2023/24
5 June 2024 – 1pm

Join us at 12:45 for coffee tea and biscuits

Wallace 218, Singleton Campus or Zoom (register here)

Prof Mike Gravenor with Gabriella Santiago

(Medical School, Swansea University)

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Collective movement is ubiquitous in nature, from the flocking of birds to collective motion in bacterial colonies. In cell populations, collective migration is an integral part of development, repair, and plays a major role in a range of diseases such as metastasis in cancer. Despite decades of research, the biological mechanisms underpinning collective cell migration remain unclear in mane show that while separately, they are unable to successfully confine streams, when expressed together, they effectively provide a mechanism to experimentally justify the zero-flux boundary conditions considered in prior works.


Philip K. Maini received his B.A. in mathematics from Balliol College, Oxford, in 1982 and his DPhil in 1985 under the supervision of Prof J.D. Murray, FRS. In 1988 he was appointed Assistant Professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. In 1990 he returned to Oxford as a University Lecturer and in 2005 was appointed Statutory Professor of Mathematical Biology. His present research interests focus on collective cell behaviour, with applications ranging from pattern formation in embryonic development to devising treatment strategies for cancer.

Philip is a Fellow of the IMA (FIMA), a SIAM Fellow, an Inaugural SMB Fellow, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology (FRSB), Miembro Correspondiente (Foreign Fellow), La Academia Mexicana de Ciencias (AMC), Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (FMedSci), Foreign Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (FNA), Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences (FEurASc) and Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (FAAAS).

Samuel Johnson is a 3rd year DPhil student at the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology under the supervision of Professor Philip Maini and Professor Ruth Baker. His DPhil project concerns mathematical and computational models of collective cell migration in the cranial neural crest. Prior to his DPhil, Sam studied for a MASt in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and a BSc in Theoretical Physics at the University of Edinburgh.

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